Cross Roads, TX Tornado, Apr 1922

SIX KILLED IN STORM NEAR BALLINGER

BALLINGER, Texas. April 8. -- Six persons were killed, seven injured and six homes destroyed six miles northwest of Rowena, near here, in a tornado which swept that section at 1 o'clock this morning.  Communication is badly crippled and it is feared the death toll will be greater when wreckage has been searched.  The known dead are two children of Joe Hohentek, a child of Frank Kvatil, and unidentified man and two negroes.

Occupant of the wrecked homes were left with nothing but their night clothing and are being cared for by neighbors.  Relief parties have been sent to Rowena from Ballinger and other nearby places.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX 8 Apr 1922

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The Cross Roads Community in Runnels County, about six miles northwest of Rowena, felt the full force of the storm, and nine persons are reported dead there.  In Rowena the damage was small, but the school house was demolished and a number of houses wrecked.  A dozen or more families were driven from their homes by falling timbers into a drenching rain.

Reports from Rowena received by The News said that the relief situation would be handled locally

and no outside aid was needed.  However, physicians were sent from Ballinger, Rowena and other nearby towns to attend to the injured, of which there are said to be about twenty.

The dead in Runnels included a daughter of Joseph Kohutek, two children of Frank Kvapil, an infant of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Frenzel and three unidentified men.  All the victims resided in the Cross Roads school house community.  Telephone lines are down the town was without outside communication last night.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 9 Apr 1922

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SIX KNOWN DEAD IN RUNNELS COUNTY

BALLINGER, Texas, April 8. -- Six dead, seven injured and six homes destroyed is the known toll of a storm which struck the cross roads community, ten miles west of here, at 1 o'clock this morning. Other bodies may be found.

The dead are two children of Joe Kohutek, a child of Frank Kvatil, an unknown white person and two Negroes.

The storm left no trace of the Cross Roads school house and scattered residences over the prairies leaving the occupants clad only in their night clothes, the wounded and dazed to make their way to the homes of neighbors for relief.

Four inches of rain made travel impossible and delayed the arrival of medical aid and clothing from Rowena, six miles from the scene.

Rains over the country are the heaviest in many months, streams are swollen and wires down.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX 8 Apr 1922